There are lots of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta. I love the idea of making New Year’s Eve a family friendly holiday so the kids can join in on the fun!
Although there are great adults-only events for celebrating the new year at places like the Georgia Aquarium or Park Tavern, there are plenty of family friendly choices too. If you can’t make it to the Times Square Ball Drop in New York City (or don’t want to!) — Atlanta’s got you covered.
Ready to learn about more things to do on New Years Eve with the kids in Atlanta, Georgia? Here are some great family-friendly activities and events we know you’ll love. (And will have you home in time for watching the ball drop!)
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK EARLY CELEBRATION
Stone Mountain Park | 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain
DETAILS: Dec. 31, 2022 at 9pm
Celebrate the new year at Stone Mountain Park! Because kids are just as excited to ring in the New Year as their parents, but need to be in bed before midnight, Stone Mountain Park is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration.
During Stone Mountain Christmas on Dec. 31, Stone Mountain Park will operate the Christmas event as usual and then we’ll ring in the early New Year with a magical snowfall and early 2023 countdown. When the clock strikes 9 p.m., enjoy snow and fireworks to usher in the early New Year!
Kids’ Early New Year’s Eve is available during Stone Mountain Christmas and is included with a daily Christmas Attractions Pass or annual Mountain Membership.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BUBBLE BASH AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Children’s Museum of Atlanta | 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW | Atlanta | 404.527.3693
DETAILS: Play Session A: 9:30-11:30 am, countdown at 11am; Play Session B: 12:30-2:30pm, countdown at 2pm
Join the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a special kid-friendly New Year’s countdown!
You’ll laugh, dance, play games, and more. Enjoy music from their DJ, design a Peach Drop, make your own bubble solution and wand, make firework art, and ring in the new year with our yearly bubble-wrap-popping tradition!
Tickets for members will go on sale on November 9. Tickets for non-members will go on sale on November 29.
Three-hour sessions are available at 9:30 and 12:30.
NOON YEAR’S EVE AT AVALON
Hotel at Avalon | 400 Avalon Blvd | Alpharetta
Details: Tickets go on sale Nov. 28 @ 10am
Have little ones with early bedtimes? Kick-off your New Year’s celebration early and come out to the Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Hotel at Avalon!
This family-friendly event invites partygoers of all ages to ring in 2023 with live music from DJ Willy Wow, face painting, crafts, and a countdown to Noon when a giant balloon drop will welcome in the new year! Tickets will go on sale on November 28th at 10AM!
The event will include face painting, New Year’s activities, complimentary snacks from cotton candy and popcorn booths and a donut wall, and photo opportunities in our Noon Year’s Eve photo booth and balloon wall. A kids-only bubbly bar will offer sparking juices to splash and garnish! Mimosas & additional adult beverages along with a food pop-up from Chick-fil-A will also be available for purchase.
NOON YEAR’S EVE ON THE ROOF
The Roof at Ponce City Market | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave | Atlanta
Details: Sat., Dec. 31, 2022 from 10am-3pm
Save the date for The Roof’s annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration!
Skyline Park will host an all-ages, family-friendly celebration for parents and children of all ages to ring in 2023 as guests countdown to Noon. All-Access tickets include admission and gameplay for $25 for all ages (3 years and under are free) and can be pre-purchased online here or at the door. Ice skating can be added day-of for an additional $10 and is based on availability.
It’s a New Year’s party the kids won’t soon forget!
The event will be held Sat., Dec. 31, 2022 from 10am-3pm.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE BATTERY
The Battery ATL | 800 Battery Ave SE #130 | Atlanta
Details: Early Innings for families and kids will begin at 6pm in the Plaza
The Battery Atlanta will ring in 2023 in style with its annual New Year’s Eve Bash presented by Xfinity, featuring an early countdown geared towards families and a traditional late-night show leading into the New Year.
The Early Innings, for those wishing to ring in the New Year with family and kids will begin at 6 p.m. in the Plaza. It concludes with a branded inflatable baseball drop at 8 p.m. and will include a performance by GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts. It’s such a fun New Year’s Eve event!
The Late Innings festivities will start at 9 p.m., with 12 South Band once again providing the entertainment from the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage. The midnight countdown includes pyrotechnics and will kick off the new year with an unforgettable confetti and aerial fireworks display.
Free parking is available in the Red, Green and Purple Decks for three hours on non-event days at The Coca-Cola Roxy.
NOON YEAR’S EVE AT SPARKLES FUN CENTERS
Sparkles Family Fun Centers | Kennesaw and Hiram locations
DETAILS: Dec. 31, 2022, Noon-6pm
Celebrate the new year a little early at the Noon Year’s Eve kids event at the Sparkles Family Fun Centers in either Hiram or Kennesaw.
During this fun skating event, your kids will receive a prize, get a hat and horn, see a 1,000+ balloons drop from the ceiling, and fun with their characters — the Minions and Bluey.
Your $25 admission includes skating and rental, access to the playground, and one game of laser tag.
THE PEACH DROP
Underground Atlanta | Atlanta
Details: More details coming, but it will be back on Dec. 31, 2022
The Peach Drop is back in Atlanta in 2022! Peach Drop will be back at Underground Atlanta so you can ring in 2023 in style.
Although it’s not just for kids, everyone is welcome to attend this amazing event. Best part? It’s FREE!
More details are expected to be released in the coming weeks.
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT GREAT WOLF LODGE
150 Tom Hall Parkway | LaGrange | 844.473.9653
DETAILS: Formal details have not yet been released for 2022. (The following info is from 2021.)
Great Wolf Lodge is ringing in the new year with fun-filled New Year’s Eve options for guests at the resorts, as well as virtually for families to enjoy at home.
At the resorts, guests will be able to participate in a virtual countdown from the comfort of their rooms! Filled with music, dancing, character appearances and fun interactive elements, the in-room celebration will kick-off at 11:55 p.m.
Character appearances and to-go craft kits will also be available at the resort.
THINGS TO DO ON NEW YEARS EVE WITH KIDS
Although these places aren’t hosting New Years Eve events, they are open on New Years Eve and would make a great way to spend the day with your kids and close out 2022 in style!
ZIP LINING AT HISTORIC BANNING MILLS
Historic Banning Mills | 205 Horseshoe Dam Road | Whitesburg | 770.834.9149
Zip into the new year with some fun in the trees on the zipline courses at Historic Banning Mills.
Holding two Guinness Book of World Records for the Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall, and for the Longest Continuous Zip-Wire (line) course, Banning Mills is the perfect location to spend an exhilarating weekend away testing limits and overcoming fears.
The Quick Trekker Belay system, which is the new and improved safety equipment used at Historic Banning Mills, creates an extremely safe experience. This system allows the hooks to slide around the cable so guests never have to worry about unhooking and can maximize time on the course.
BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY
241 Depot Street | Blue Ridge
Details: Winter Excursion ride departs at 11am on 12/31
All aboard for 2023! Spend the last day of 2022 aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway with the whole family!
Bundle up and sip on a cup of hot chocolate as the train calmly rolls along the Toccoa River and through the scenic Appalachian foothills. The Winter Excursion ride is a 4-hour trip that departs at 11am on Dec. 31, 2022. Riders take a 4-hour, 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River to McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN. There is a 2-hour layover in these cities.
The kids will just love it!
ILLUMINIGHTS AT ZOO ATLANTA
Illuminights at Zoo Atlanta will still be happening on Dec. 31, 2022.
After dark, guests can explore more than 80 lanterns representing flora and fauna, both real and imagined – some life-sized, and others larger-than-life.
Each lantern is made and hand-painted by artisans, representing thousands of hours of work. In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, each lantern also features environmentally friendly LED lights.
Tickets are available for time slots from 5:30pm-7:30 and the event lasts until 9:30pm.
Many of the city’s ice skating rinks are open on New Years Eve, including Avalon, Atlantic Station, and Park Tavern.
Bundle up, rent some skates, and enjoy the last hours of 2022 sliding across the ice (on skates I hope) under the night sky. Your kids will have a blast! Most ice skating rinks also offer hot cocoa and other snacks too.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is open on New Year’s Eve and would make a great way to spend the day! Your General Admission ticket includes access to all indoor museum exhibits, one movie in the Giant Screen Theater, plus all outdoor experiences in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. They always have fun, family-friendly programming going on here.
Another fun event to attend here on New Years Eve is their new nighttime experience, WildWoods: AGLOW.
Transformative illuminations, large-scale projections and original music compositions beckon guests into a nighttime wonderland of biodiversity. Inspired by native flora and fauna – and unlike anything else in Atlanta – this multi-sensory experience reveals the wonder of nature through a range of glowing, interactive and panoramic scenes across five distinct zones.
WildWoods: AGLOW will be happening from 5:30 to 10pm on Dec. 31, 2022 and is open to all ages.
Georgia Aquarium has transformed into a Winter Waterland — and you and the kids can still experience all it has to offer on Dec. 31, 2022.
Take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season in their atrium with holiday music, winter inspired projections, a water fountain display and the daily lighting of our 30-foot live tree.
They also have a holiday-themed dolphin show, 4D movies, and of course, their amazing animal exhibits.
The aquarium will be open from 8am to 4pm, before they close to the general public to get ready for their adults-only New Years Eve event.
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